ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville area residents are encouraged to come and take part in the conceptual development of a Property Assessed Clean Energy plan for the City of Asheville at a town hall meeting on Monday, April 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte Street. The event is cosponsored by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute.
In January, Asheville City Council directed city staff to analyze the potential for an Asheville Energy Independence Initiative. Such a system could provide loans for efficient and renewable energy upgrades for privately owned buildings. The loans would be repaid over up to 20 years through a special property tax assessment.
Municipalities across the country are examining the idea as a way to provide an affordable means for energy efficient retrofits for residents and businesses that benefit the entire community by lessening its carbon footprint.
Asheville City Council’s adopted strategic plan for 2010-2011 lists green and sustainable initiatives as high priorities.
City staff plans to bring suggestions for the plan back to City Council in May, but wants as much citizen input into the initiative as possible.
“We need our citizens to be part of this process,” said the city’s Office of Sustainability Energy Coordinator Maggie Ullman. “We need to build this based on the community’s input.”
Panelists for the discussion will include Council member Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones, Jeff Hughes, Director of the Environmental Finance Center, UNC School of Government, Paul Bellows of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, and Steve Cochran from the Community Energy Action Council.
Following the discussion, participants will break off into groups to discuss various logistics of a PACE initiative for Asheville.
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